Bernie's Bark
Dear Parents-
As we enter the month of November, we start to turn our thoughts to the holidays, and all the prepping and planning for big family meals, and all the gift-giving, as well. Some of us are already in a slight panic that we will not be ready on time! It is also a perfect time of year to reflect on Catholic social teaching, and how we answer the call to holiness...doing small things with great love, including remembering those who are food insecure, and those who are without warmth and shelter. If possible, please consider participating in the Scouting for Food Drive, sponsored by Boy Scout Pack 913, by donating non-perishable food items that will support families in need in the Herndon community. The drive ends Friday. See ad below.
It is not too late to register for our 5K race , held this coming Saturday, November 9. In addition, please join us at the Walking With Saints kick-off event, immediately after school on Thursday, November 7, on the track. And, if all that isn’t exciting enough, we have a “Race to Register” contest, the class with the most registrations wins an extra recess!! Don’t miss out on this fun event!!
October saw many parents take time to come have lunch with students. Everyone reports great fun and enthusiasm, and I am so glad a good time was had by all! We will look at the calendar and find time in the spring to invite parents back, to enjoy time with their children during the school day.
Next Monday, November 11 is conference day , as is Tuesday afternoon, November 12. As I mentioned over the summer, this change in calendar is at the direction of the Office of Catholic Schools, and we do our part to comply. Hopefully, parents will find this schedule more convenient than the previous format. If you have not already scheduled a time to meet with your child’s teacher, please feel free to contact the teacher.
A tip of the hat to Mrs. Carroll, Mrs. Kohler and the entire 4th grade for their impressive Parade of Saints performance. Students dressed in costumes representing their favorite saints, and each student gave a brief description of the saint’s life and ministry. No matter how many times I hear about the life of a saint, I always learn something new!!
There has been some confusion in the parking lot during afternoon carpool . Please remember that only low profile sedans should enter the first three lines of cars. If you drive an SUV, or a crossover, or a truck, or a van, or any other high profile vehicle, please do not use the first three lines, closest to the school. It is not possible to see over or around high profile vehicles, making it difficult for students to find their cars. Only low profile cars may use the first three lines.
Please consider making a commitment to help out at lunch or recess - even one day a week - is an enormous contribution! Recess starts at 11:15 and ends at 12:55. Lunch starts at 11:40 and ends at 1:15. Please consider covering a shift. For more information, please contact Laura Stump at . Some positions are paid.
We are also looking to increase our list of substitute nurses . If you, or someone you know, is a registered nurse, and are available on an “as needed- substitute” basis, please let me know.
As always, if you have any questions, or if I can be of any assistance, please let me know.

Welcome one Christ welcomed you!
                                                                                  (Rom 15:7)
Denise Rutledge
  Building Wisdom and Faith Through Service to God
Veteran's Day Reception - Friday!
5K Race and 1 Mile Walk - SATURDAY!
**There is still time to register!!**
Saturday, November 9th @ Northwest Federal Credit Union
200 Spring Street, Herndon
Annual 5K Race

Opening ceremony at 8:10am
Race begins at 8:30am
Walk begins at 9:00am
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! A great opportunity to be a part of this fun event! We are in need of Race Marshalls to stand and direct runners along the course!!!! Please check out ways you can help by visiting:

Parking available in the Northwest Federal Credit Union parking garage at your own liability.
Pre-Kick Off Event:
Walking with the Saints
November 7, 2019 after school
Walking with the Saints - This Kick-Off event encourages ALL students to get involved! We hope you and your student will join us after school on Thursday, November 7th.

After pick-up, drive around and meet us at the track. Students will walk the track and we will mark off laps. We encourage each student to collect donations using the donation button on the Running with the Saints registration page: 
Race Registration Contest!
In a nut shell:
o Students "Race to Register" Contest - Class with most registrations wins extra recess!
o Walking with the Saints (November 7) - Kick off event happening at SJS after school
o Annual 5k Race (November 9)

November 11 - NO SCHOOL
(Parent-Teacher Conferences)

November 12 - 11:30 Dismissal (Afternoon Parent-Teacher Conferences)
Virtus Seminar - Child Protection Program
St. Joseph Church/School is hosting a Virtus Seminar on Monday, November 25 , 2019 beginning at 5:00 pm. This is a required seminar in order to become compliant in the Child Protection Program. You must register for the class at . If you have any questions regarding this seminar or the Child Protection Program, please contact Beth Covert at (703)880-4357 or .
SJS Open House
Library News
The theme for the 2019 Book Fair is
Winter Wonderland!
The dates for the Book Fair are Dec. 3-8th.
Volunteers are needed for after school and weekends! Click the link below to help!
Want to help with the Book Fair behind the scenes??
Interest meeting will be held on Friday, November 8 from 8:30-9:15 AM in the library.

Areas of interest include:
Donate a book drive
Candy House decorating contest
Decorations for the Book Fair
Raffle basket
Library Volunteers Needed!

The November sign up is now available!
Please consider donating the gift of your time to
volunteering in the library!!
Scouting for Food
St. Joseph Catholic Church Cub Scout Pack 913 Needs YOU to Help Us Scout for Food!

Every November, Cub Scout Pack 913 joins area scouts to collect non-perishable food items to benefit families in need right here in our Herndon community. To make this year’s effort a success, we encourage all SJS students to donate non-perishable food items by bringing them to school during the week of November 4 th to 8 th
To participate, simply place any donated food items in a paper or plastic bag and bring it to your classroom by November 8 th .
Pack 913 thanks the SJS community in advance for your generous support of this important program!
Be a part of something—be a Scout
JOIN CUB SCOUTS! Scouts is a year-round family program and boys in grades K-5 can join anytime of the year. Our Pack has exciting events with activities that are fun for kids and the entire family. Our Cubs learn about important life skills, personal safety and environmental stewardship. They take part in fun outdoor activities, get involved in their community, and learn to be part of a team. There is something for every boy—outdoor skills, crafts, sports, hikes, skits & songs, camping, ship/submarine visits, history hikes, pinewood derby, camaraderie and just plain fun. 
To join, ask questions or to just learn more, contact
Steve Bailey at .
Prayer Leaders
November 4: Grove, I
November 5: Hamblett, I. and A.
November 6: Hanes, E.
November 7: Hargadon, G., H., F.
November 8: Hatley, A. and A.

November 11: NO SCHOOL
November 12: Henry, A. and M.
November 13: Henson, R.
November 14: Hernandez-Sardinas, I.
November 15: Hoffman, C. and P.

Prayer leaders are to report to the library no later than 7:50 AM in order to appear on the morning news show. Parents are welcome to watch the live show.
Middle School Ministry
Upcoming Events
November 8: Mass
November 8: Veteran's Day breakfast
November 9: Annual 5k race
November 11: NO SCHOOL
November 12: 11:30am Dismissal
November 14: Fall Make-Up Picture Day
November 15: Mass
November 17: Discover Catholic Schools Week
November 19: Open House
November 21: High School Placement Test
November 22: Mass
November 22: 1st Grade Thanksgiving Program
November 26: Mass
November 26: 11:30am Dismissal (NO AFTERNOON EXTENDED DAY)
November 26: End of 1st Trimester
November 27 - November 29: NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving holiday)
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Tel: 703-880-4350 Fax: 703-880-4320